In Latvia there’s a special collection… of beans!
Ruta Beirote’s family has grown beans for generations, selecting them by shape and – above all – by color. This collection is so well known locally that when Ruta finds types that she doesn’t yet have at the market, they are often gifted to her by the vendors, many of whom are older people who can no longer grow these varieties themselves, but want their beans, their food heritage, to live on.
What’s the point in having a collection of beans then? Well, besides preserving the local heritage of biodiversity, it makes them available for delicious recipes like this bean and nut stew cooked by Baiba Smilga. A recipe that brings out a more modern and less classic flavor in the means: because beans don’t get old!
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